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Steve Dyson, 25, London

How was the shoot?

The shoot was good fun. It was the first I’ve really done and it was nice to be the centre of attention. I appreciated being asked to do it.

Nice tats – any stories there?

When I was 18 a friend who is heavily tattooed was telling me and others about his next planned work. Feeling slightly unmanly as the only one with virgin skin, I told everyone that I was planning to get work done but hadn’t yet booked a session. Said friend then called his tattooist and booked me in for the next day. I believe you should never pick a design off the studio wall, so for the next 24 hours I sketched frantically. The next day I got a small design on my right forearm, which is now part of a collection I add to whenever there is something that I want to keep with me.

What’s on your bedside table?

Currently I’m sleeping on my parents’ sofa, so my bedside table would be the DVD rack containing Kung-fu Panda, Last of the Mohicans and Finding Nemo.

I have a list of things I want to do so that I can get as many experiences in with the time I have. My big fear isn’t failure, it’s never trying.

What’s your earliest memory?

I don’t have one particular earliest memory, although there is a lot I remember from a young age. All of it is happy and involves family and friends. One real memory is from when I was about four and I stole a tub of ice cream from the freezer. Our dog and I hid in my room and were both eating it face first. The minty-chocolatey-doggy-spitty tub was almost finished before my mum walked in. She was not impressed.

What could you not live without?

Something to aim for in life. I have a list of things I want to do so that I can get as many experiences in with the time I have. My big fear isn’t failure, it’s never trying. Things on the list include skydiving, cage-diving with sharks and creating a world-dominating drum n bass/metal band.

What’s your favourite profanity?

My mum taught me to speak respectfully and not use bad language, although fuck is regularly shouted whenever anything goes wrong.

Steve is also now part of London-based all-male burlesque performers, The Badlands Burlesque.

About the photographer

Ara Maye McBay is a photographer based in Manchester, United Kingdom. She photographs all sorts of things, including your gin and tonic.

This shoot appeared in Filament magazine Issue 1.

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